8:37 am Jul. 15, 2010
Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a 62-county tour of New York is, among other things, another small reminder of what Chuck Schumer has spawned.
Schumer did a 62-county tour during his successful Senate challenge to Al D’Amato in 1998—it was something of a novelty at the time—and has continued to run laps around the state ever since he was installed.
When Hillary Clinton ran for Senate in 2000 against (currently aspiring Cuomo challenger) Rick Lazio—aided by Schumer communications operatives Howard Wolfson and Cathie Levine—she did the same thing in the form of her original “listening tour,” hoping to replicate Schumer’s strong-for-a-Democrat upstate showing.
Cuomo’s campaign press operation this time around is being run by two former Schumer people, Phil Singer and Josh Vlasto. When Cuomo ran for governor in 2002, his press was handled by Josh Isay, Cathie Levine’s husband, who worked on Schumer’s 1998 campaign.